Locomotive Roster for the week Saturday 25th May – Friday 31st May 2019

The motive power for this weekend and the half term week’s passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 24th May:
    Steam service – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
    Diesel & Ale service – British Railways Type 3, Class 37 Co – Co Diesel Electric No.  37 075
  • Sunday 25th & Monday 26th and ‘Princesses & Superheroes’ event Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th May:
    Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Steam service – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
  • Tuesday 27th & Friday 31st May:
    Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078

Timetables:

  • Saturday 24th May – Big Diesel Blue timetable
  • Sunday 25th & Monday 26th May – Blue timetable
  • Tuesday 27th & Friday 31st May – Orange Train & Vintage Tour Bus Timetable
  • Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th May – Princess & Superheroes Timetable

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

 

Locomotive Roster for the weekend 18th & 19th May & Wednesday 22nd May 2019

The motive power for this Haworth 1940s Weekend’s passenger services, when 3 steam and 1 diesel locomotive will be in operation will be as follows:

  • Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May:
    Steam services –
    USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
  • MR 4F 0-6-0 43924
  • BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
  • Diesel service –
    British Railways Type 2, Class 25 Diesel Electric 25 059
  • Wednesday 22nd May:
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit

Timetables:

  • Saturday & Sunday 20th May – Red Haworth 1940s timetable
  • Wednesday 10th April – Yellow Timetable

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

News from Haworth Sheds – May 2019

In early April we brought you the first of a regular feature by one of our younger volunteers, Joe Shaw, of what the team have been doing to our locomotive fleet within the confines of Haworth Shed. As before Joe, has scoured Haworth Shed’s Facebook page and brings together what has been going on since his last report. So let Joe take up the story.

Following on from my first article where I outlined the latest activities within Haworth Shed, this article is a continuation of that, as well as announcing the movements of locomotives returning and leaving the railway.

This month, news of

  • WD 2-8-0 90733
  • LMS Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241
  • TVR Class 02 0-6-2T 85
  • LMS Class 5 45212

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Locomotive Roster for the weekend 11th & 12th May 2019

The motive power for this weekend’s passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 11th May:
    Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Sunday 12th May:
    Steam service -USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Steam service – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
  • Wednesday 15th May:
    Diesel service – There will be no mid-week diesel railcar service this week, as our Signals & Telegraph Department are undertaking essential maintenance at Damems Junction.

Timetables:

  • Saturday 11th May – Green timetable
  • Sunday 12th May – Blue timetable

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

KWVR Welcomes WW2 Veterans on a journey back in time

On Wednesday 25th April, the KWVR welcomed 2 of the few remaining veterans of the British Forces who fought in the Second World War’s Normandy landings, to reconnect with their memories of 1940s railways

The duo of ninety-year-olds, Ken Smith and Ken Cooke from York, had a special day-out to Haworth to catch up with our own Second War veteran, American-built locomotive S160 2-8-0 5820 ‘Big Jim’.

Although the official Normandy Veterans Association has dis-banded, there being so few of the men who fought their way through the historic invasion on Hitler’s Europe still surviving, the York group decided to continue their get-togethers and the two sprightly veterans are still going strong despite a few ups and downs along the way.  Sadly, a third veteran in the group, Douglas Petty was unable to attend due to ill health.

The photographs below depict the ‘2 Kens’ waiting for their train at Oxenhope and just a “few” years ago when aged 18 and in the army plus Douglas in his flying days.

 

Left to right Ken Cook (18), Ken Smith (18) and Douglas Petty

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Mixed Traffic Gala – Line-up & Timetables

After much burning of the midnight oil by the event organisers, during which time they have had to deal with an ever changing line up, we are delighted to confirm the final(?) line up of visiting and home fleet locomotives and  publish both the Working Timetable and the public Timetable.

Gala Line Up

National Railway Museum & 125 Group

Thanks to the National Railway Museum and custodians 125 Group, the unique Prototype High Speed Train locomotive, 41 001, will headline our event, hauling a prototypical MK3 train of 5 coaches. A Pullman-style dining service on the HST will be available throughout the 4 days.

GB Railfreight

From GBRf we will be operating one of their Class 47 locomotives, recently re liveried and returned to use with the Company.

Direct Rail Services

Direct Rail Services (DRS) will again support our Event and are sending a member of their Class 88 electro-diesel locomotives, one of the most modern locomotives on the national network.

Class 50 Alliance Ltd.

Following on from last year’s 50th Anniversary celebrations when the Class 50 Alliance Ltd supplied one of their locomotives, this year they are sending us 2 of their fleet of Class 50 locomotives, no.’s 50 031 ‘Hood’ and newly GBRf liveried 50 007 ‘Hercules’.

Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

Finally we will be joined by Class 31, 31 163, which will be carrying the British Railways Research livery as 97 205, from a very similar era to that of 41 001.

Home Fleet

Diesels:

  • British Rail Class 25 – 25 059
  • British Rail Class 20 – 20 031
  • British Rail Class 37 – 37 075
  • Hunslet Diesel Shunter – 32 ‘Huskisson’

Steam

  • Sunday 5th May USATC S160 2-8-0 – 5820 & BR Standard Class 4 – 75078
  • Monday 6th May BR Standard Class 2 – 78022  & BR Standard Class 4 – 75078

Timetables

For the full 4 day Working Timetable click HERE, and for the Public Timetable, click HERE. or visit the Times and Fare page of the website.

Locomotive Roster for the weekend 27th & 28th April & Wednesday 1st May 2019

The motive power for this weekend’s passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 27th April:
    Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Diesel & Ale service – British Railways Type 2, Class 25 Diesel Electric 25 059
  • Sunday 28th April:
    Steam service -USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Steam service – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
  • Wednesday 1st May:
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit

Timetables:

  • Saturday 6th April – Big Diesel Blue timetable
  • Sunday 7th April – Blue timetable
  • Wednesday 10th April – Yellow Timetable

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for the Easter Weekend 20th – 22nd April & Tuesday 23rd – Friday 26th April 2019

The motive power for the Easter weekend and all next week’s passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 20th – Monday 22nd April:
    Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 & British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
  • Tuesday 23rd – Friday 26th April:
    Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820

Timetables:

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

 

Civil Matters – A Look Forward to 2019, Part 2

In Part 1, James Barlow outlined what Civil Department has its sights on undertaking in the first half of 2019. Here James sets out the mammoth tasks that await the team in the 2nd half of 2019 during Civil Week in September.

 

After the hard graft of the first half of the year, read what’s in store for our intrepid Civil Engineers in Part 2 and, as you will see there is a lot of work to do across 2 sites, so whether you have a specific skill or just a willingness to lend a hand, if you can spare time to help James and his merry men, follow his appeal and come forward. Continue reading

Locomotive Roster for the weekend 13th & 14th April & Monday 15th – Good Friday 19th April 2019

The motive power for this weekend’s passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 13th April:
    Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Sunday 14th April:
    Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Monday 15th – Thursday 18th April:
    Steam service – Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924
  • Good Friday – 19th April:
    Steam Service – Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924 & British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022

Timetables:

  • Saturday 13th April – Green timetable
  • Sunday 14th April – Blue timetable
  • Monday 15th – Thursday 18th April – Pink Timetable
  • Good Friday 19th April – Bank Holiday Blue timetable

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

News from Haworth Sheds

If you have visited the KWVR and travelled along the Worth Valley, I am sure you will have encountered at least one of our young volunteers. One of those volunteers, 15 years old Joe Shaw, has joined the website team and, with a fair wind and school work permitting, Joe will be bringing news of what is happening in Haworth Shed and, hopefully in due course, other areas of the Railway. Those who follow Haworth Shed on Facebook, may well recognise some of the content, and thanks must go to the volunteers there for keeping us posted on what is happening to keep the wheels turning.

This article is the first of what we hope will be a regular feature of News@KWVR. We’ll let Joe take up the story ……

The KWVR has nearly 20 operational diesel and steam locomotives, to keep the wheels turning on all of these locomotives, without a doubt, is a challenge. However, fortunately at the KWVR, there is a team of hardworking, enthusiastic volunteers who work day and, sometimes, night to ensure that these locomotives are well maintained and are able to haul trains up and down the valley.

 

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Locomotive Roster for the weekend 6th & 7th April & Wednesday 10th April 2019

The motive power for this weekend’s passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 6th April:
    Steam service – LMS ‘Black 5’ Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 (6 coaches)
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Sunday 7th April:
    Steam service – LMS ‘Black 5’ Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 (5 coaches)
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Wednesday 10th April:
    Diesel railcar service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit

Timetables:

  •  Saturday 6th April – Green timetable
  • Sunday 7th April – Blue timetable.
  • Wednesday 10th April – Yellow timetable

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Civil Matters – A Look Forward to 2019, Part 1

James Barlow said it wouldn’t be too long before his next news article! As promised, now the Christmas and New Year celebrations are over Civil Department’s sights are now firmly on what is to be achieved in 2019. Both possessions this year see more substantial work being undertaken and the retirement of the long serving Chief Civil Engineer of the railway. And a big year for myself as I take over the reins.

Read what’s in store for our intrepid S&T and Civil Engineers and what the future holds for Mr. Barlow. Part 1, covers the May work with Part 2 following in the next few days.

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Locomotive Roster for the weekend 30th & 31st March & Wednesday 3rd April 2019

The motive power for this weekend’s passenger services will be as follows:

 

  • Saturday 30th March:
    Steam service – LMS ‘Black 5’ Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 (6 coaches)
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Sunday 31st March:
    Steam service – LMS ‘Black 5’ Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 (5 coaches)
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Wednesday 3rd April:
    Diesel railcar service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit

Timetables:

  •  Saturday 23rd March – Green timetable
  • Sunday 24th March – Blue timetable.
  • Wednesday 27th March – Yellow timetable

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for the weekend 23rd & 24th & Wednesday 27th March 2019

The motive power for this weekend’s passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 23rd March:
    Steam service – LMS ‘Black 5’ Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 (6 coaches)
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Sunday 24th March:
    Steam service – LMS ‘Black 5’ Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 (5 coaches)
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Wednesday 27th March:
    Diesel railcar service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit

Timetables:

  •  Saturday 23rd March – Green timetable
  • Sunday 24th March – Blue timetable.
  • Wednesday 27th March – Yellow timetable

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Network Rail Volunteer day

It has been a while since James Barlow submitted his Civil Department report of the goings on around the Railway, but, as always we are delighted that his virtual pen has taken to writing another of his informative articles. Some may not know but occasionally we have members of staff (and occasionally machinery) from the big railway organisations for training exercises or, as in this case, helping out on their organisation’s volunteer days. James takes up the story.

I can only apologise for how long it has taken me to put another news article together. Hopefully you have kept yourself updated via Push and Pull which my colleague writes the articles for. There is also now a Facebook group, search Transatlantic Bridge Construction Company (KWVR) and it should come up. We do try and update that group live from site when we can. Hopefully, I can keep it up and provide articles on a regular basis from now on. This article will talk about something briefly alluded to in Push and Pull, that is some of the help we get from the rest of the industry, enjoy!

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Locomotive Roster for the weekend 26th & 27th January 2019

The motive power for this weekend’s passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 26th January:
    Steam service – BR Standard 2 Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Sunday 27th January:
    Steam service – BR Standard 2 Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit

Timetables:

  •  Saturday 26th January – Green timetable
  • Sunday 27th January – Blue timetable.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Oxenhope Buffet Opening Hours

With the change of the times of the first train from Oxenhope, the Buffet opening times have been changed. The Buffet will open 30 minutes before the first train departs Oxenhope, ie 09.45

Advance Notice

As advised in previous notices the News Editor is heading south for an extended break and a well earned (at least he thinks so) holiday of a lifetime. This will be the last notice for a while with normal service being resumed for the weekend of the 23rd & 24th March.

Fear not, however!

The weekly roster will be posted on the Home section of the website, so please look on the website for an update. Our marketing team are a busy lot with not enough hours in their day, but will hope to post the roster by the Thursday evening prior to the weekend.

‘Bahamas’ Railtour to Carlisle 9th February 2019

As previously advertised, following the most exhaustive overhaul the locomotive has received in since 1961 and now resplendent in its Brunswick Green livery, LMS Stanier ‘Jubilee Class’ 4-6-0 no. 45596 ‘Bahamas’, is returning to the Worth Valley and, for the first time in 25 years and will run on the mainline with seats available for the general public!

Promoted by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in partnership with Bahamas Locomotive Society, ‘Bahamas’ will run from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return on Saturday 9th February 2019. This will be a unique opportunity, the railtour being the first time that ‘Bahamas’ has completed a revenue earning run on the mainline since 1994!

If you missed out the first time round, due to a cancellation by a passenger, we have now available THREE seats in Premier Dining.

Premier dining

Enjoy First Class carriages with a full English breakfast served on the outward journey and a four course meal on the return.

Dietary requirements: Meals are provided to a set menu and we can offer a vegetarian option to our dining customers, providing the request is made in advance. On receipt of your booking confirmation, customers requiring a vegetarian alternative should email our Haworth office, admin@kwvr.co.uk, quoting your booking reference number and requesting the vegetarian option to be provided.

Regretfully, due to the constraints associated with on train catering, we are unable to offer any other special dietary requirements.

Premier dining service provided by The Gravy Train Catering Company.

Tickets: £265

To book these places please call Haworth station on 01535 645214, 09.30 – 16.30 Monday – Friday

Locomotive Roster for the weekend 19th & 20th January 2019

With the reduced number of passengers on our winter services our steam hauled services consist of 4 coaches, sufficient for Class 2 motive power, which this weekend will be BR ‘Ivatt’ Class 2MT 2-6-2 41241 with 5 round trips on Saturday, Green timetable, and 4 on Sunday to the Blue timetable.

Visitors should note that we are now operating to a revised Green timetable with the first Saturday diesel railcar service of the day departing from Haworth at 09.00 and not Oxenhope as in previous years. The diesel service will be operated on both days by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Oxenhope Buffet Opening Hours

With the change of the times of the first train from Oxenhope, the Buffet opening times have been changed. The Buffet will open 30 minutes before the first train departs Oxenhope, ie 09.45

Advance Notice

As Winter bites and the News Editor advances in years, like our Summer birds, he is heading south for an extended break and a well earned (at least he thinks so) holiday of a lifetime. Unfortunately a replacement editor has not been trained up yet, so, reluctantly, you will not receive a locomotive roster update each week to your in-box. The last update will be for the weekend of the 26th & 27th January with normal service being resumed for the weekend of the 23rd & 24th March.

Fear not, however!

The weekly roster will be posted on the Home section of the website, so please look on the website for an update. Our marketing team are a busy lot with not enough hours in their day, but will hope to post the roster by the Thursday evening prior to the weekend.